Constructive Resistance: Repetitions, Emotions, and Time - Mona Lilja 2021


There are many colleagues, friends, and institutions to whom I am deeply indebted for the support and encouragement that they have provided me with in writing this book. First of all, I am grateful to all of those with whom I have had the pleasure to work with in different research projects over recent years. I am particularly grateful for the friendship, support, and insightful input provided by the research group Power, Resistance and Social Change (PoReSo) at the School of Global Studies (SGS), University of Gothenburg, and the RESIST group (Michael Schulz, Mikael Baaz and Stellan Vinthagen). The RESIST have been my long-term research partners for many years now.

This book is also informed by inspiring conversations and feedback from a number of colleagues and friends, among whom are the following: Anna Johansson, Mikela Lundahl Hero, Pia Laskar, Minoo Koefoed, Camilla Orjuela, Tintin Wuila, Ines Sebalj, Kristin Wiksell, Anders Burman, Filip Strandberg Hassellind, Sofie Hellberg, Ann Towns, Thereze Almström, Lena Martinsson, Mark Haugaard, Niclas Lantz, Klas Grinell, Michael Landzelius, Majken Jul Sörensen, Staffan Lunden, Åsa Wettergren, Katrina Gaber, and Savina Sirik. I have also had thought-provoking seminars at the Department of Social and Psychological Studies, Sociology, Karlstad University, as well as with the Heritage Research Group at SGS, University of Gothenburg. I would also like to thank Roland Bleiker and James Scott for being a source of inspiration and for their support.

Overall, I consider this book as a part of a larger work that has been pursued by resistance researchers in Scandinavia, for developing and framing the concept of constructive resistance. Among others, Stellan Vinthagen, Minoo Koefoed, Majken Jul Sörensen, and Kristin Wiksell have all been shedding light on the area of constructive resistance by using specific entry points for discussing it, or by conducting empirical analyses on the theme.

Nobody has been more important to me in the pursuit of this project than the members of my family. First of all, I would like to thank my mother whose love and guidance are with me in whatever I decide to undertake. You are the ultimate role model! My father Bertil Norrlind and godfather Björn Norrlind have supported me in various ways and have had to put up with my stress and moaning over the past years.

This book is dedicated to my life companion and research partner Mikael Baaz. I love you unconditionally! The same goes for our beautiful, intelligent, and creative children Iris, Kitty, Frank, and Einar Lilja, I love you all so much!

Finally, I am grateful to the Swedish Research Council (VR), which has provided funds for this study. This book publishes results from three different VR projects: (1) Reconciliatory Heritage: Reconstructing Heritage in a Time of Violent Fragmentations (2016-03212); (2) The Futures of Genders and Sexualities. Cultural Products, Transnational Spaces and Emerging Communities (2014-47034); and (3) A Study of Civic Resistance and Its Impact on Democracy (2017-00881).

In addition to this, I would like to thank Pauline Martin, who has worked as my copy-editor for many years.

This volume brings together different texts that were written during the last three years—some of which have been previously published. I am thankful to the following journals/publishers for letting me republish the texts in a revised form:

• Lilja, E., and M. Lilja. 2018. “Linguistic Resistance: Establishing, Maintaining and Resisting Truths.” Journal of Resistance Studies 4 (1): 72—98.

• Lilja, M. 2017. “Dangerous Bodies, Matter and Emotions: Public Assemblies and Embodied Resistance.” Journal of Political Power 10 (3): 342—52.

• Lilja, M. 2018. “The Politics of Time and Temporality in Foucault’s Theorisation of Resistance: Ruptures, Time-Lags and Decelerations.” Journal of Political Power 11 (3): 419—32.

• Lilja, M. 2020. “Theoretical Suggestions for Future Research on Constructive Resistance: Strategies of Representation of the Japanese Civil Society.” Journal of Political Power.

• Lilja, M., and M. Baaz. 2019. “Heritage Temples, Replicas and Repetitions: Theorizing the Significance of Repeats as Resistance.” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society 32: 323—36.


June 2020